This week’s topic is supposed to be “Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019,” but I tend to read some of this and some of that, so no promises I’ll only be reading new releases.
I’m always reluctant to do this type of post because I’m a reader who doesn’t care if I finish a book or not. DNF is fine with me. I either like it or I don’t finish it. I’ve already thrown back a few new titles this season, which is typical for me. I usually have a few books going at the same time and generally its a mix of old and new, fiction and non-fiction, fluff and missed classics. It’s good for the mind, I believe, to do this. I’m done trying fantasy or sci-fi and as I’ve said before, I’ve given up on Dickens. I’ve been enjoying Hemingway and even though East of Eden gave me real-world nightmares, Steinbeck has been holding my attention, too, so either of those two could make the eventual summer list when it’s all done.
I also don’t plan my reading very seriously. I do request everything from the library since I need audiobooks constantly for my commute. Walking in and grabbing something, either on CDs or e-audio, just doesn’t work. Periodically, I also pick up something on my shelves that I haven’t read or that Mom says I must read or that’s been languishing unread on my Kindle. That makes the variety even greater. If I were to say “These are THE books I’m reading this summer,” they would become homework and I’d avoid them like the plague. When I do reading challenges (which I like) I do them after a lot of reading–match it all up when I’m done for a season or a year. I also use them to fill in gaps or when I can’t get into anything or if nothing I want at the library is in yet. Very hand tool.
How about you? Do you pick books and stick to the list? Do you prefer to browse bookstore or library shelves? Have you ever picked up a book at a local Little Free Library? Leave me a comment.
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